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After the attack on Pearl Harbor, American morale was at an all-time low. Discouraged by the damage dealt to the Pacific Fleet and worried about the Japanese military's rapid expansion towards US territories, American leaders needed a raid to bolster their own morale and give the Japanese second thoughts about leaving their home islands unguarded.

Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle developed an extremely risky plan using an untested aircraft taking off from an aircraft carrier on a one-way mission; using a B-25 bomber, which was lightened by removing defensive armaments, radios, and armor plating and then doubling its fuel capacity, the 16 bombers were able to fly the 2,250 nautical miles needed. This reduction in weight also allowed the bombers to take off in the 467 feet they had on the aircraft carrier USS Hornet. The mission would be a one-way mission - the planes would land at bases in China after bombing the Japanese mainland.

The mission, which occurred on April 18, 1942, was a success and while not much physical damage was caused, the surprise of having the Japanese mainland under attack not only forced the leaders of the Japanese military to be more cautious, it also angered the civilians, who had been told that there was no chance of an attack on Japanese soil.

Of the 16 US B-25s, none landed at their intended bases - short of fuel, all either crash landed or the crew bailed out over mainland China, and 11 of the 80 airmen were captured by the Japanese forces.

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The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) determines if you are eligible to join and what jobs you qualify for. Click the image to read more about the ASVAB and test your knowledge with the two practice tests.

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Discover all of the jobs or MOSs (military occupational specialties) available in the US Army by clicking the above image. You can see a sorted list of jobs from infantryman to intelligence to mechanic.

When you join the US Army, what are the various locations you could be stationed? Click the image to see how others have rated the installations and some knowledge online that may make your move there more enjoyable.

Learn when and how to wear the camouflaged Army Combat Uniform or the dressy blue Army Service Uniform, as well as approved hair, tattoos, jewelry, and other aspects of your appearance by clicking the above image.

Don't be the poor guy at boot camp that salutes a sergeant or casually walks up to a captain. Click the above image to take a look at all of the enlisted, warrant officer, and officer ranks and memorize them.

The US Armed Forces uses a phonetic alphabet to help when communicating. It will prove to make your life better than "OK." In fact, if you click the above image and memorize this system, you'll find life to be "Oscar Kilo."

Save yourself some push-ups from your drill sergeant at basic training by clicking the above image to read and memorize the Seven Core Army Values (LDRSHIP), General Orders to all soldiers, and the Soldier's Creed.

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Learn more about serving in the US Army Reserves. Find out the duty requirements, length of enlistment, and other information by clicking the image to go to the Reserves section of Army.com.

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